In this video, The New York Times takes a look at Johannesburg, South Africa's new bus rapid transit system—a new route akin to the Valley's Orange Line. Opening in stages, the BRT is behind schedule and facing opposition from the city's mini-bus taxi industry. NIMBYism is also complicating expansion with some suburbanites saying no way to the line. One local woman from the northern suburbs says: "This is not a race issue... it has to do with protecting the area." Johannesburg's head of transportation Rehana Moosajee says the discussion over the BRT is a reflection and reminder that the city remains divided, racially and spatially. The piece ends on a positive note, however. "It's better?everything is changing," says another local.
· Bus System Reopens Rift in South Africa [NY Times]
· Orange Line Extension Saved by Measure R [Curbed LA]